• Frederikskaj 10B, C

    2450 København SV


Organization profile

Organisation profile

The aim of the Global Refugee Studies (GRS) research group is to create new theoretical, empirical and methodological knowledge about the main causes and consequences of, and possible solutions to the problems of refugees and other victims of forced displacement. The normative and ethical premise is that such people in flight are human beings with serious problems rather than human beings as problems.

Relevant topics include the following:

  • Life as a forcefully displaced person
  • Repatriation, rehabilitation, resettlement and rebuilding local, national and regional communities
  • Refugee policies of various countries, including Denmark
  • Links between environmental factors (including climate change) and forced displacement
  • Links between armed conflicts and refugee flows
  • Humanitarian action and actors
  • Refugee camps
  • Diasporas

The group is multidisciplinary and its membership ranges from Political Science, International Relations and Law to Anthropology – and it is open to researchers from other academic disciplines.   

The main output is publication via “academic” channels such as articles in peer reviewed journals and monographs, but the project also organises seminars and similar events as well as contributing to the public debate in Denmark and elsewhere. It also serves as the research foundation of the study programme Global Refugee Studies.  

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violence Social Sciences
Denmark Social Sciences
town Social Sciences
prostitution Social Sciences
politics Social Sciences
Middle East Social Sciences
migrant worker Social Sciences
torture Social Sciences

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Projects 2005 2022

Research Output 1987 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

Awkward Entanglements: Kinship, Morality and Survival in Cape Town’s Prison–township Circuit

Jensen, S. & Waltorp, K., 2019, In : Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology. 84, 1, p. 1-14 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

BoB, Bitcoin, and the Blockchain: Anticipatory infrastructures of the cashless society

Ulfstjerne, M. A., 2019, (Submitted) Who’s cashing in? Contemporary perspectives on new monies and global cashlessness. Berghahn Books

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Border-induced displacement: The ethical and legal implications of distance-creation through externalization

Moreno-Lax, V. & Lemberg-Pedersen, M., 1 Mar 2019, In : Questions of International Law. 56, 1, p. 5-33 28 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
third countries
human rights


Khayrallah Migration Studies Prize

Anja Kublitz (Recipient), 1 Nov 2016

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Stipendium til San Cataldo

Marlene Spanger (Recipient), 1 Nov 2015

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Activities 2006 2019

19th Nordic Migration Conference

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (Participant)
15 Aug 201817 Aug 2018

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

19th Nordic Migration Research Conference 2018 (NMR-Conference)New (Im)mobilities: Migration and Race in the Era of Authoritarianism

Marlene Spanger (Participant)
15 Aug 201817 Aug 2018

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

2015 flygtningestrømmen i perspektiv

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (Lecturer)
11 Jan 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies


Co-creation of Knowledge

Vibeke Andersson (Participant), Helene Balslev Clausen (Participant)

Impact: Social impact, Cultural impact, Other impact

Fattigdom og udvikling

Vibeke Andersson (Participant)

Impact: Public policy impact, Cultural impact, Social impact, Other impact

Integration and Employment; Meeting the 'Other'

Vibeke Andersson (Participant), Helene Balslev Clausen (Participant)

Impact: Public policy impact, Social impact, Cultural impact